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Fabric Storage Basket…with handles

Oh, I’m so excited to have Crystal here again today from Stitched By Crystal.  And I know you’re going to be thrilled too…..once you see these ADORABLE Fabric Baskets that she made.  Just think of all the reasons you’re going to need a whole collection of these baskets to organize your life!
-Ashley
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Do you do spring cleaning?  Have you started yet?
I am Crystal, here from Stitched by Crystal, and I have a tutorial to share with you for some easy fabric baskets that will help you get organized.
With two toddlers in my house, baskets, bins, and boxes are my best friends when it comes to cleaning. I can scoop up all the dolls/blocks/cars and throw them in the baskets and they are out of sight in no time!
These baskets measure 10 x 10 inches (at the opening) and are about 12 inches tall.  You can easily adjust the height of the basket if you want a different size.  I think a shorter basket would be cute for storing baby items in a nursery or you could add a few inches to make a tall basket, which I think would make a cute clothes hamper!
The baskets are made with some fusible interfacing so they are sturdy enough to stand up on their own, but still can be easily folded up and stored when not in use.  And they are fully lined.
Want to make some fabric baskets? 
Great!  Let’s get started!
To make one basket, you will need:
  • 5/8 yard home fabric for the outside of the box (I used home décor fabric, but quilting cotton will work too)
  • 5/8 yard lining fabric (I used plain ole muslin)
  • 5/8 yard sturdy fusible interfacing (I used Pellon 809 décor-bond)
  • 4 grommets (I picked up some plastic ones from the home décor section of the fabric store. They are intended for curtains, but work great for this project too!)
  • 1 yard rope (for the handles)
  • Basic sewing supplies
**All seams are ½ inch unless otherwise noted.
1.  Start by cutting your fabric.  Cut 2 rectangles of interfacing and 2 rectangles of your lining fabric that are 22 inches wide x 20 inches tall.
2.  Cut 5.5 inch squares from the bottom corners of your 4 rectangles as shown in the photo below.  Set your 2 lining pieces aside.
3.  Iron your 2 interfacing pieces to the wrong side of your outer fabric and cut out around the interfacing.  (You should have 2 identical pieces.)
4.  Place your 2 outer pieces together, with right sides together, and sew along the sides and bottom (do not sew the corner cut outs).  Press your seams open.
5.  Flatten the bottom corners, lining up the side and bottom seams, pin along the edge and sew.  Repeat with the other side.  Now your basket should look like a basket…only inside out.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with your 2 lining pieces.
7.  Place the bottoms of your lining and outer baskets together, with wrong sides together.  Line up the bottom seams and sew the seam allowances of the lining and the outer together, right along the existing seams.  This will keep the lining from flipping out of the basket once it is done.
8.  Flip the outer basket right side out, the lining should now be inside.  Pin the lining and the outer basket together along the top edge.
9.  Baste the lining to the outer basket, right along the top raw edge.  Hem the top of the basket by folding the top edge down (a 1/2 inch) along your basting stitch towards the inside of the basket and iron flat.  Then fold down another 1 inch and iron again.  Sew in place along the folded edge with coordinating thread.
Now you have a lined basket!
Let’s add some handles…
10.  Measure 2.5 inches from the top of the basket and 2.5” over from the center side seam (that runs down the center of both sides of the basket) and make marks for the center of your grommet.  Add your grommets according to the instructions on the package.  (These plastic ones I found are super easy.  They come with a template and you simply cut a hole and snap them in place, no hammers or grommet kits needed.)
11.  Cut your rope into two 18 inch pieces.  Tie a knot in one end by making a loop and looping the end through twice.  Tighten the knot as close as you can to the end of the rope.
12.  Starting on the inside the basket, feed the non-knotted end of the rope through one grommet and then out and back through the other.  Tie a knot at the other end of the rope (which will end up on the inside of the basket as well).
13.  Fill up your basket!  These are great for books, toys, linens, balls, sewing supplies, you name it!
Thanks for reading!  Swing by my blog sometime and say hi!
-Crystal
Check out Crystal’s blog here.  Her darling shop here.  And her Pinterest page here.
Looking for more ideas for your toy storage? Try these tutorials on for size:
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